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Boasting indispensable sea-life resources, Rayong is one of the country’s major agricultural and industrial provinces. On the other hand, the province has maintained its traditions and customs in the daily lifestyles of the locals.

Viewing the sea of mist is one of Thai locals’ most favorite things to do in the cool season especially in North Thailand however after some research I found you don’t have to travel or hike the mountains in Chiang Mai, you can experience the same moment when the sun slowly rises and drenches the sky and the sea of mist and clouds in gold and orange hues has taken countless breaths away in Rayong.

This was my first time in Rayong during winter and it certainly won’t be my last… waking early, watching the sun-rise and the morning mist is an unforgettable experience.

Watching the mist roll by above the stunning backdrop of a colourful Rayong is hallucinating, the silhouette of the mountainous backdrop against the sunrise is a stunningly unique sight, treat yourself to a hot coffee as you watch the mist roll by above.

Dok Krai Reservoi

The next stop was Dok Krai Reservoir, the reservoir covers the area of 1,300 hectares also located here is the development and service station of Rayong-Chonburi at Pluak Daeng, another royal project of HM King Bhhumibhol.

This station is the center of education and development in agriculture and career for people. Many small projects are running on 20,000 hectares of land.

Acres of the surrounding land is covered in sunflowers, the season for sunflower is from November to January.

Khao Mai Kaew Temporary Prison

Khao Mai Kaew temporary prison, embracing a philosophy of sufficiency economy during the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej Borommanathbophit. This is to apply for the development of professional skills and quality of life of prisoners including the development of prisons and areas of the economy.

The volunteers willingly contributed their efforts in cleaning up, repairing and repainting buildings and fences, planting trees, releasing over 7,000 fish into the reservoir where has been currently developed to be a sophisticated study center that everyone can learn about the late King Bhumipol Adulyadej’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy.

Following on from Khao Mai Kaew we stopped at BanTalay Noi where we stopped to talk with locals have dinner and enjoy rafting on the river.

Islands

If you love snorkeling and diving Rayong has a plethora of options.

Koh Man Nai

This island is the smallest of the group of three islands all named Man. The island is approximately 5 kilometers from Laem Mae Phim and has been developed into a Sea Turtle Preservation

Sanctuary under the royal initiative of Her Majesty the Queen. The island has one beach, approximately 100 meters in length, and is only accessible during the daytime. No overnight stays are allowed. The waters in this area have some beautiful coral, ideal for scuba divers and snorkellers.

Koh Man Nok

If you want to spend your days meditating on the paradise that surrounds you and the ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see, this place is for you!

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